Ledley's Talking Points: 7 Goal Hoards, Confidence Boosters and Ugly Performances
7 Talking Points
Crystal Palace provided the shock of the weekend, scoring their first goal of the season, followed by a second, and beating the reigning Champions at Selhurst Park. The 2-1 victory will come as a huge confidence booster for Roy Hodgson’s men, while Chelsea now sit 9 points adrift of Man City. “This season we have to try to build something important for the future,” said Conte, conceding that a title defence will be very difficult for the blues.
Man City were rampant yet again this weekend, putting 7 goals past Stoke. Pep’s side have now scored 29 goals in their opening 8 games, including 17 in their last 3 home games. “They do look significantly better than anybody else in the league in terms of experience,” admitted Mark Hughes after the game. Stoke will drop into the relegation zone if Leicester beat West Brom this evening.
Watford turned their 1-0 deficit to Arsenal around with a Troy Deeney penalty and a 93rd-minute winner from Tom Cleverly at Vicarage Road. Deeney said the result was due in part to Arsenal’s lack of ‘cojones’. “I'm big, strong, and I do all the ugly stuff you don't wanna do, and I'm going to make it horrible for you,” he said. Worryingly for Arsenal, they conceded 2 goals from just 3 shots on target.
Tottenham are off the mark at Wembley with a 1-0 win against Bournemouth on Saturday. Eriksen put Spurs ahead immediately after the break with a smart left-footed finish, and a couple of big saves from Lloris kept the Cherries at bay. The result will hopefully ease any worries Pochettino and co might have had about their temporary home.
Bolton have finally won a league game with their twelfth attempt. Sammy Ameobi and a Sam Hutchinson own goal put them two up against Sheffield Wednesday, who have now won just one of their previous 5 games. Bolton will need to turn their win into a streak if they are to climb out of the relegation places and into a more comfortable position.
Sunderland were held to a 1-1 draw with QPR in front of a half-empty stadium. The Black Cats have only won 3 league games in 2017, and still search for their first home victory of the season. Some disillusioned fans have switched the Stadium of Light for Mariners Park – the home of South Shields who won 32 consecutive matches last season – an unofficial world record.
Luton demolished near-local rivals Stevenage 7-1, with Luke Berry contributing a perfect hat-trick. The midfielder broke the deadlock after just 3 minutes, heading Jack Stacey's cross into the back of the net. His second and Luton’s third came 20 minutes later when Berry struck into the bottom corner with his left foot. Berry completed his treble after 62 minutes with a curling right-footed effort from the edge of the box.
None of the players who found a full-house last time out could repeat the feat this week, but 6 players did correctly predict all 7 of their selections. Steveh, Erlendp, and RyanLee93 all scored 30 points, but with just one goal separating them, it was Steveh who pipped the other two to pole position on goal difference.
The Fun Draisers topped the team leaderboard this week - the now famous Sheffield Mums taking the cash yet again. They scored 96 points to beat Gang Star Allardyce on 93 in 2nd spot. That made it a double for Steveh, who is part of the Fun Draisers outfit.
The Legends scored 63 points this week leaving them outside the top 30 in the team table. Robbie Keane and Titus Bramble both grabbed 17 points, while the usually consistent Paul Robinson managed a paltry 3. Peter Crouch also grabbed just 5 points. Ledley scored 14 and is now in the top 10 players for the season!
Ledley's Challengers scored 64 points, also finishing outside the top 30.
Top 6 picked to win
Man C (won 7-2)
Chelsea (lost 1-2)
Spurs (won 1-0)
Arsenal (lost 1-2)
Sheff W (lost 1-2)
Wigan (won 3-0)
Top 6 picked draws
Brighton 1-1 Everton
Burnley 1-1 West Ham
Swansea 2-0 Huddersfield
Wolves 2-0 Aston Villa
Barnsley 2-2 Middlesbrough
Brentford 1-0 Millwall
Man C 7-2 (1 point)
Newport 4-0 (1 point)
Luton 7-1 (2 points)
You can now make your selections for matchweek 12. Good luck!